Dr. Stephany Powell's unique insight into the world of sexual exploitation and trafficking gained through her thirty years with the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD), coupled with her passion for education and her heart for community, make Dr. Powell an unparalleled choice to lead Journey Out into its future. Dr. Powell retired from the LAPD as Vice Sergeant and accepted the leadership role at Journey Out in October 2013.
In addition to her LAPD tenure, Dr. Powell is a Doctor of Education in Organizational Leadership and utilizes that singular combination in a number of ways. She created and facilitated Team Building and Executive Leadership workshops based on positive change dynamics for the Fire and Police departments. Additionally, she is an Adjunct Professor of Behavioral Science at the University of La Verne and the Los Angeles Trade Technical College. Dr. Powell also founded a consulting business specializing in organizational leadership, conflict resolution and team building to create positive organizational change.
Most important, Dr. Powell uses her considerable skills and insight to educate the community about the complex and often misunderstood world of sex trafficking and to create positive change for its victims.
Dr. Powell is a powerful speaker, a tenacious educator and advocate for change, and one of the premiere experts in this field. We can't think of a more perfect individual to lead our clients on their Journey Out and this organization as it grows.
Donna Sarullo joined Journey Out in 2003 and served as Case Manager and Program Director from 2003 to 2008. Donna has extensive experience in domestic violence having worked with the Domestic Violence Project of Glendale YWCA and the Domestic Abuse Response Team (DART) program in the San Fernando Valley. While with DART, she assisted victims of domestic violence by riding along in emergency domestic abuse situations with the LAPD as a victim advocate.
In 2008 Donna left Journey Out to serve as Program Director for the Valley Branch of the Arthritis Foundation. Ms. Sarullo returned to Journey Out in 2010 as Outreach Coordinator and now serves as Director of Programs and Operations. Donna is a graduate of California State University Northridge with a Masters Degree in Public Administration – Nonprofit Management.
Angelica Gomez joined Journey Out in April 2016 as Case Manager. Starting out as a group facilitator, Angelica tries to bring an especially powerful message to the women in our program seeking to leave "The Life" and provides resources to hopefully assist them to sustain a functional life outside of sexual exploitation. Angelica holds a Bachelor degree from California State Dominguez Hills in Communication with a concentration in Public Relations.
Angelica's unique personal life experiences help her effectively facilitate Survivor Groups. For the last 2 years, she has facilitated intervention and prevention groups at group homes with youth. Angelica also mentors other girls and women who are trying to exit sex trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation.
Angelica has used her experience working with this population to bring awareness on the issue of sex trafficking by presenting at many speaking events, and giving a voice to a population that was voiceless before. Angelica hopes to create reform for sex trafficking survivors through legislative reform, outreach, community involvement, and "planting the seed of empowerment".